KANELAND—Once close rivals, Kaneland (3-2, 1-0 NIB-12) and Glenbard South were separated by more than conference bylaws on Tuesday evening in Glen Ellyn.
Having trouble with a physical Raiders squad, the Knights fell, 62-46.
That came on the heels of KHS adding to its win category with a pivotal conference game in Redskin-ville, 54-49.
Against GS, KHS had an early 5-4 lead before the Raiders went to the foul line four times and went ahead 17-7 before KHS coach Brian Johnson called a time-out. Glenbard South had a 21-10 lead after the first frame.
In the second quarter, despite long-range jumpers by Trevor Heinle and Matt Cowans, Kaneland made just four of 11 foul shots. Chaon Denlinger’s basket at the buzzer gave the Knights a fighting chance at the halftime break, behind 32-22.
Drew David cut the deficit to 32-24 just one minute into the third quarter, but Glenbard South expanded its lead to 47-30 with 2:32 remaining. The Knights trailed at the end of three, 49-33.
With 4:07 left in the fourth quarter, the Raiders took their biggest lead at 58-35.
The battle between the Knights and Raiders yielded much time at the foul line for both teams, with Kaneland going 10-for-21 and GS hitting 18-of-31 from the charity stripe.
Coach Johnson thought his crew ran into a formidable opponent on Tuesday night.
“They were real physical and we didn’t match their physicality, and they were really intense,” Johnson said. “Offensively, they were able do whatever they wanted to do and we didn’t get stops, and we need to get stops.”
Daniel Helm paved the way with a 21-point evening on Saturday, including 9-for-10 from the line. Drew David added 13 points and Chaon Denlinger hit on 10 points. Key to the effort was a 16-for-20 night from the foul line.
The Redskins had a 13-9 lead after the first eight minutes, but KHS rallied to take a 27-26 lead at the half.
After increasing the margin to 40-37 at the end of the third, Kaneland remained firm in the final eight minutes for the win.
Kaneland travels to Sycamore for a Saturday, Dec. 11 contest.